Swear­ing row OAP banned from Asda

Cathy, 70, de­nies store staff claims

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen pen­sioner has been barred from her lo­cal Asda in a row over al­legedly swear­ing at staff.

Cathy O’Rourke, 70, claims she never swore at a staff mem­ber and that she’s been un­fairly stopped from do­ing her shop­ping there.

How­ever the To­ry­glen store de­fended the dec­sion, say­ing they would only ban a cus­tomer as a “last re­sort.”

Mrs O’Rourk e, o f Lan­de­mer Drive, said: “I do not swear, end of story.

“If I’m walk­ing into a shop, speak­ing to some­one, go­ing for a job or any­thing else, then I would never, ever swear.

“I’d done my shop­ping there the pre­vi­ous week, and when I came in a mem­ber of staff came over and told me that I was barred for swear­ing at staff, but that I could com­plete do­ing my shop­ping that night.

“I just put the bags down and left. I’ve been go­ing to that Asda for 18 years and now I’m hav­ing to go else­where.

“Some­one else was swear­ing in the store and they’ve said it was me, but that’s not me at all.”

How­ever Asda in­sist they did not take the de­ci­sion to ban Mrs O’Rourke lightly.

A spokesper­son said: “We al­ways want to wel­come cus­tomers into our stores, and ask­ing them not to visit us is al­ways a last re­sort.”

The store also sug­gested that Cathy send a let­ter to them re­gard­ing her com­plaints over the de­ci­sion.

I would never, ever swear

Banned Cathy O’Rourke, 70, claims that she never swore at a staff mem­ber

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